bill calling for a statewide election to determine whether
voters approve of raising diesel and gasoline taxes to aid
the state's highway system is headed to a joint House-Senate
lawmakers April 14 rejected a Senate amendment that would
have set the stage for sending the bill to the secretary
of state for an election date, The Oklahoman reported.
bill's sponsor, Rep. Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland, moved to
reject the amendment. He said later that while the Senate
thought the question was ready to go to voters, House members
had a different opinion.
they thought the bill was ready … Ready to go to the trash
can,” Ferguson told the newspaper.
would raise the diesel tax from 14 to 22 cents a gallon and
the gasoline tax from 17 to 22 cents a gallon. The state
reportedly would receive $145 million annually from the tax
approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the
proposal would go before the public in the November 2004